After dropping five of their last seven games, the Cleveland Indians find themselves 2.5 games back of the Chicago White Sox for first place in the American League's Central Division. The Tribe's recent slide began with a three-game sweep at the hands of the White Sox, which saw Cleveland allow 35 runs over the course of the series. While the Tribe has struggled of late, the White Sox have been on fire. The club has won 14 of their last 16 and haven't lost a series since May 13.
Prior to the down turn in Chicago, the Indians successfully completed a three-game sweep of their own over the Detroit Tigers, who they will be playing in another three-game set in Detroit that begins on Tuesday. The Tigers are currently in third place in the Central and sit six games back of first. With Celveland coming to town with the hopes of regaining the top spot, the Tigers will be looking to gain some ground prior to opening an interleague series with the Cincinnati Reds.
Right behind the Tigers are the Kansas City Royals who sit seven games back of first. On Monday night, they will open a three-game set against the Central Division's cellar dwellers, the Minnesota Twins.
Here is how the Central's standings look as of June 4:
1. Chicago White Sox (31-23)
2. Cleveland Indians (28-25, 2.5 games back)
3. Detroit Tigers (25-29, 6 games back)
4. Kansas City Royals (23-29, 7 games back)
5. Minnesota Twins (20-33, 10.5 games back)
For a complete list of the MLB standings, go here.